The Amish Cook, Week of March 18, 2013

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A nice sunny day in March although the thermometer shows 25 degrees this a.m.  We have all the meat from our beef either in cans or in the freezer.  My husband Joe was home several days last week.  On Thursday night and Friday he made over 400 hamburger patties to put in the freezer.  We put freezer paper between each hamburger so they will pull apart easier.  Now they can go from the freezer to the grill without needing time to unthaw first.  I cooked the meat off from the beef bones and made 28 quarts of vegetable soup.  That will be an easy meal on a busy day.  I made this soup thick enough with vegetables and meat so I can add tomato juice and it will make twice the amount when I open a quart.

Kevin, age 7, told me he really loves that soup.  One day when he came home from school he asked me if he could heat up some of that really good soup in jars.  A year ago we put up solar panels to run a freezer from the sunlight with back-up batteries.  We are still glad we invested in that.  Since then we have not paid anything for running the freezer.

All winter it has charged really well with maybe 1 or 2 days when the battery light has shown low. After a few days of having a break from the beef we will dress two hogs tomorrow night.  Plans are to cut up the pork on Saturday.  The lard will be rendered and the meat will be cooked from the bones in the big black kettle outside.  We will also make our pon hoss in one of the big black kettles.  I don’t think we will make liver pudding this year.  Joe is the only one that eats it around here and I still have some canned from other years.   It will be so good to have sausage again.  We have been out of sausage in the freezer.  I still have some canned but for sausage gravy we like it fresh or from the freezer.

Spring is almost here which we will look forward to.  I am glad it stayed cold so far as it makes it easier to get the meat done.  It would have been nice to get the beef and pork done earlier this year but money-wise it was not possible. Tonight we will attend the 8th grade portfolio presentation which includes daughter Verena, 15 and niece Emma, 15.  The eighth graders are preparing a dinner for all of their families  tonight.  Verena mentioned that some of the things on the menu are mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing,and turkey.  This will be the second night this week that did not have to prepare supper. Tuesday evening we attended family fun night at the school.  A lot of activities going on but the highlight of the night was the wild life presentation.  The children could see and touch insects from the rain-forest in Africa, the scariest thing there as a python snake.  Lovina, age 8, does not take after me as petted the snake while I went as far away from it as possible. We enjoyed pizza, chips, and punch in the cafeteria furnished by the school.

Monday we take daughter Loretta, 12 to the children’s hospital to have some heart tests done.  I have been taking son Kevin, 7, to therapy twice a week.  As much as we would like to deny the symptoms he has also been diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. With God’s help we want to accept this as his plan for us.  Prayers are greatly appreciated.  May God bless each of you richly.

Try this recipe, which is enjoyed around here.


1 1 /2 pounds hamburger

1 package taco seasoning

1 small onion, diced

1 /2 cup green peppers, diced

16 ounces of sour cream

2 cans cream of mushroom soup

2 cups cheese of your choice

8 small flour tortillas

Brown hamburger, onion, and green peppers.  Add taco seasoning.  Cut tortillas in small bite sized pieces. Mix sour cream and cream of mushroom soup together.  In a 9 X 13 inch pan layer hamburger mixture, tortillas and sour cream mixture and layers.  Top with the cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Toppings can be chopped tomatoes, lettuce, salsa, and ranch dressing.

To learn more about Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, the type the Eicher children have, click here.

Friends of the Eichers have set up a medical fund to help care for the children, donations can be sent to:

Eicher Children Benefit Fund
c/o Farmers State Bank
PO BOX 1010
Shipshewana,Indiana 46565
Note the above address is a bank, so routine recipe requests, etc should not go to that address, donations only.  Donations can also be made in person at any Farmers State Bank branch.

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The Discussion

  1. Dear Lovina,
    My prayers are with you & your family today & in the future.
    May God give you the strength to bear what is his will for us.
    Warm Regards,

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  2. Angie Yoder says:

    Lovina, my prayers will go up for Kevin. I know you know this, but the Lord does not give us more than we can handle.

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  3. Lovina, prayers for you and your entire family. Draw your strength from God and you will not fail.

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  4. Dennis Agin says:

    Lovina, my wife Connie & I send prayers for you and your family. Dennis & Connie Agin

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  5. So sorry to hear the news about Kevin. Will keep all of you in my prayers.

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  6. Jasmine Carlson says:

    My middle aged son also as Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy altho so far it’s been a fairly mild disease. He’s in a 100 person study at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. It was only diagnosed about 10 years ago but on looking back, we feel he’s always had it. Best wishes to Lovina and family.

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  7. Carol Morris says:

    My heart goes out to the whole family. We have six children and when even one is hurting it affects the whole family. God gives us strength that we didn’t know was possible when we need it. I know Lovina and Joe will be blessed through all of this.

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